MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
as another Los Angeles Dodger to make history at Miller Park.
Nomo carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a two-hitter and
hit a grand slam as the Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games with a 6-0 blanking of the
With two no-hitters already on his resume, Nomo (6-4) nearly collected a third, baffling the Brewers with five different pitches, including a fastball that topped out at 90 miles per hour.
"There was not a specific pitch that was good," Nomo said through an interpreter. "I really didn't think about it (getting a no-hitter). I was conscious of it. I felt the same as usual."
A former Brewer, Nomo lost his shot at history when
John Vander Wal
blooped a base hit into shallow left field with one out in the seventh. Vander Wal had been hitless in 12 previous at-bats against Nomo.
"When I watch this guy pitch and I see him with command from the opening bell, I have a very strong feeling that's he's going to give us a very special performance," Los Angeles manager
"He was awesome," Los Angeles catcher
Paul Lo Duca
added. "The split-finger was just dominant. He was throwing it on both sides of the plate, mixed in some curveballs now and then. He was really on."
Nomo's 16th career complete game and ninth shutout was the ninth straight victory by a Los Angeles starter. He threw 119 pitches, struck out eight and walked four to give the Dodgers their longest winning stretch since a nine-game streak from June 26-July 4, 2001.
"We have to keep going," McGriff said. "The Giants got off to a great start and we're trying to catch them."
Had Nomo gotten the no-hitter, he would have become the third pitcher to toss more than one with the Dodgers, joining
. Nomo's first no-hitter occurred on September 17, 1996 at Coors Field. He also pitched one for Boston on April 4, 2001.
Instead, he turned in another outstanding pitching performance for the best staff in the major leagues as the Dodgers held an opponent under three runs for the 35th time in 49 games.
"We've been getting good pitching all year," Tracy said. "Tonight was no exception, just a notch higher than what we've been getting.
Nomo gave up another single to
in the seventh that moved Vander Wal to third base. But
struck out and
grounded out, ending the threat.
"It was a fastball in," Vander Wal said of his hit. "I was trying to make solid contact. When you're facing him, he keeps you off-balanced. He did a great job tonight. I don't think there are too many people that felt comfortable (at the plate)."
Green made history at Milwaukee's new ballpark a year and a day ago with a 6-for-6, four-homer performance. In Friday's series opener, he had three hits and four RBI.
Nomo followed the right fielder's outstanding display at the plate by tossing the first two-hitter by the Dodgers since
turned the trick on May 17, 2001.
"He was throwing fastball, split and a straight changeup," Milwaukee manager
added. "He kept us off-balance tonight with those pitches. He threw his changeup, but he had good arm speed on it, so it looked like a fastball coming out. Then he threw a split down in the dirt that he got us to chase."
Nomo improved to 5-1 against Milwaukee with his second complete game of the season and first since a four-hitter against Arizona on Opening Day.
The Brewers mounted their only serious threat in the second as
and Vander Wal drew consecutive walks. But Helms struck out and
bounced into a double play.
Although Milwaukee starter
(3-4) was not as overpowering as Nomo, he kept the Dodgers in check for four innings.
But in the fifth, he gave up back-to-back singles to Nomo and
before plunking Green in the foot with one out to load the bases. McGriff followed by launching Kinney's first offering into the second deck of the right field seats for his ninth career grand slam and 485th career homer.
"I needed to make a better pitch," Kinney said. "Nomo threw the heck out of the ball. In a situation like that, I need to step up and make a better pitch. McGriff crushed it. It was a fastball away and he stepped over it."